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This article was published 26/10/2012 (1305 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The Miles Macdonell Buckeyes Friday pulled off the biggest upset so far in the Winnipeg High School Football League quarter-finals.
The Buckeyes defeated last year’s ANAVETS Bowl finalist Oak Park Raiders 22-13 under the bright lights at the University of Manitoba turf field in Potter AAA action. The Buckeyes were one of three bottom-ranked teams in the Potter AAA division to win their first-round playoff games along with the Dakota Lancers and Murdoch MacKay Clansmen.
"It’s just surreal right now, Oak Park was the No. 2 team in Manitoba and for us to win this, it means a lot," said Buckeyes offensive/defensive lineman Josh Castillo-Toledo.
Running back Houston Rennie scored the first touchdown for Miles Mac, which led 6-3 at the half.
Oak Park came out in the third quarter with a touchdown by running back Xavier Prime and then recovered an on-side kick to set up a field goal for a 13-6 lead.
In the mid-third quarter, Buckeyes' quarterback Jayden McKoy connected on a 55-yard touchdown strike to Devon Jordan-Patenaude followed by a two-point conversion to take back the lead. In the fourth quarter, Rennie scored his second major of the game, a two-yard receiving touchdown, which was followed by another two-point convert for the win.
In the other Potter AAA division games, Dakota needed overtime to defeat Vincent Massey-Winnipeg 13-10 and the Murdoch MacKay Clansmen beat the Sisler AAA Spartans 31-26. In the Currie A division, the Steinbach Sabres beat the Fort Frances Muskies 30-0 and the Sisler A Spartans defeated the Dryden Eagles 13-6. In the Vidruk AA division, the Kelvin Clippers beat the West Kildonan Wolverines 39-8.
The WHSFL’s semifinals will be played next week at East Side Field. The match-ups are: Steinbach vs. Sisler and Neelin vs. Beaver Brae on Wednesday in the A division, Kelvin vs. River East and Grant Park vs. Vincent Massey-Brandon on Thursday in the AA division, and St. Paul’s vs. Murdoch and Miles Mac vs. Dakota in the AAA division on Friday.